OverviewThe module will begin with the question of what defines a plant and how they related to the other kingdoms. This will then lead on to a journey from the plant cell to vegetation communities and how they interact with, and are import to, other groups of organisms. The module will then finish with a discussion surrounding the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (from the Convention on Biological Diversity) and the targets within this document.
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Method of assessment
50% coursework 50% exam
-Crawley, M (1996) Plant Ecology, 2nd Ed. Wiley-Blackwell.
-Ennos, R & Sheffield, L (2000) Plant Life. Wiley-Blackwell.
-Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (http://www.cbd.int/doc/publications/pc-brochure-en.pdf)
-Haywood et al. (2007) Flowering plant families of the world. RBG Kew.
-Raven, PH (2005) Plant Biology, 7th Revised Ed. W.H.Freeman & Co Ltd.
Understand the basics of plant biodiversity and conservation
Understand the fundamental ecological concepts and how they apply to conservation biology.
Understand species conservation and the practical's of wildlife conservation
Gain skills in interpreting plant structures
Understand how a knowledge of plant biology (e.g. anatomy) impacts on conservation practice.